J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Chaconne in D minor, transcribed for piano by Busoni

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Mikhail Pletnev
Individual Works:J. S. Bach/Busoni: Chaconne in D minor (BWV 1004)
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas no. 32, op. 111
Chopin: 4 Scherzi, opp. 20, 31, 39, 54
Bonus CD - The Encores
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:DG
Catalog Number:471 157-2
Year Released/Recorded:2000
Total Playing Time:1:41'56
Comments:Zhu Yifei sadi:

It is reasonable why there is no recommendation of this album on this Bach-exclusive website: only a single piece by him of 14 minutes out of a totally 1-hour-and-a-half live concert, and exactly a transcription for piano by Busoni. But I consider this one of my best Bach recordings and a must for all Bach lovers. Mikhail Pletnev played the chaconne more naturally and efficiently than Michelangeli and Tureck. I especially appreciate his clarity, romanticism and spontaneous grandeur. He made the piano writing sound offhandedly easy and also achieved his goal: I want to make music sound so strong, make it visibly significant and appealing to the most essential common basic feelings of every human individual I enjoy this recording, though it may be a well-controlled amplification of Bach.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Zhu Yifei
Date First Submitted:09/01/2006